Double decanted .....The nose explodes from the glass,revealing scents of jammy black and red fruits,smoke,truffle,tobacco,leather,faded rose ..... very beautiful ! Medium bodied,the palate is very well balanced,fresh and sappy,with very good lenght and complexity ! Potential for at least another 10-15 years.....Excellent !
Popped and poured, followed approximately 2 hours in the glass. Garnet with a light brick. This was just rocking right out the gate; textbook Bordeaux here. An expressive nose of black currant, earth, tobacco, undergrowth, leather, horse stable, cedar and mint. On the palate, medium acidity, mostly resolved tannin. Finish is moderate plus in length, framed by tastes of blackcurrant, plum, earth, leather and light pyrazine notes, showing just a touch of grip on the finish. This was lovely.
1996 Horizontal Tasting (David's House - Kitchener, ON): Polished....but still a bit of brett....which I love...wow. Pure dark fruit, cedar, leather, burning ember, briar, flowers, cassis and pyrazene. The palate has such pure polished blackfruit with cedar, leather, campfire, flowers cassis, pyrazene and ember also in the mix...then comes the brett again....a little earth, poop and shit...which is awesome and adds further complexity. Finish is medium+ and quite complex.
The Wine Nerds do Christmas Dinner (Dave' Place - Kitchener, ON Canada): This was the surprise of the night for me. Excellent showing. A core of very pure ripe (still quite primary) fruit is balanced against a wonderfully rustic earthy note with that pleasant touch of Brett. Quite a contrast to the Smith Haut Lafitte. Nose is of plum, sweet cassis, charcoal, cedar, wet hay, horse stable, mint, truffle and sweet old leather. The palate has just a kiss of low dusty tannin with good acid. There is wonderfully enveloping plush dark plummy fruit that caresses the palate not unlike a great right bank Bordeaux. The finish is medium plus in length carried on a charred plum note.
A lot of mineral and earth like other wines from Grave. It was my least favorite comparing with 89 and 94 cos estournel, 83 leoville las case, and 86 leoville barton. It does not have the power that a decent vintage 96 should have
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